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Manipur tribal body leaders to meet Shah in Delhi

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AIZAWL, Aug 7 (PTI): Representatives of an influential tribal group from Manipur will fly to Delhi on Monday to attend a meeting with union home minister Amit Shah to discuss the prevailing situation in the strife-torn northeastern state, sources said.

The delegation of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), a body representing various Zo ethnic groups in Manipur, responded to an invitation extended by Shah.

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The ITLF leaders reached the Mizoram capital from Churachandpur in Manipur and will fly to Delhi from Lengpui airport near here.

Chief minister Zoramthanga, on his Instagram account, expressed hope that the talks will yield results.

He said that the ITLF leaders held a day-long discussion on Saturday and consulted him on whether to respond to the invitation or not.

“I suggested they accept the invitation. I told them that it is a good opportunity to have a face-to-face discussion with the home minister,” Zoramthanga said on his official Instagram handle.

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After careful consideration, the ITLF leaders unanimously agreed to meet Shah.

Shah had earlier extended an invitation to the group to hold a meeting with him in the national capital to discuss the situation in Manipur.

Despite repeated attempts, leaders of ITLF could not be contacted for comments.

Ethnic clashes broke out between Kukis and Meiteis in Manipur in May, and have been continuing for the last three months, claiming over 160 lives.

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